A Prayer to the Creator of All Peoples

diversity_192644495To the Creator of all peoples, who loves each of us for our uniqueness, we offer our prayers of petition:
For an end to discrimination in all its forms, we pray,
Lord of all, hear our prayer.

That each person may be respected and valued as a child of God, we pray,
Lord of all, hear our prayer.

That the Church may be a witness and a universal sign of unity among all peoples, we pray,
Lord of all, hear our prayer.

That each of us may acknowledge our part in mistakes and sins of the past pertaining to discrimination and racism, we pray,
Lord of all, hear our prayer.

For a spirit of forgiveness and reconciliation among peoples who share a history of mutual mistrust, hatred, or aggression, we pray,
Lord of all, hear our prayer.

That the victims of racial prejudice may forgive those who persecute them, and that their persecutors may have a change of heart, we pray,
Lord of all, hear our prayer.

That the Church will continue to strive to make every element of human life correspond to the true dignity of the human person, we pray,
Lord of all, hear our prayer.

For those who have struggled for civil rights, economic justice and the elimination of discrimination based on race, we pray,
Lord of all, hear our prayer.

For the conversion of the hearts and minds of those who allow another to influence their relationships and limit their openness, we pray,
Lord of all, hear our prayer.

That we may work to influence the attitudes of others by expressly rejecting racial stereotypes, slurs, and be affirming of the cultural contributions of every racial group in our world, we pray,
Lord of all, hear our prayer.

That we may make a personal commitment to abolish social structures which inhibit economic, educational and social advancement of the poor, we pray,
Lord of all nations, hear our prayer.

That we may work for decent working conditions, adequate income, housing, education and health care for all people, we pray,
Lord of all nations, hear our prayer.
Amen.

(adapted from the Augustinians of the Midwest)

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